Massachusetts State Police seize 35 pounds of drugs, arrest man

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WHITMAN — Massachusetts State Police have arrested a man accused of manufacturing and trafficking fentanyl and methamphetamine following a months-long investigation by the Detective Unit for Norfolk County.

During a raid on December 21, on a property in Whitman and an SUV belonging to 39-year-old Andrew Billings of Plymouth, authorities seized nearly 35 pounds of illicit drugs, including large quantities of counterfeit Adderall and Xanax pills.

The search warrants led to the discovery of a rudimentary drug laboratory inside the Essex Street residence, where troopers found white powder, thousands of counterfeit pills, a pharmaceutical-grade pill press, and drug paraphernalia.

Due to the extent of contamination, the property was evacuated and later condemned by local officials.

Billings was apprehended at his workplace in Plymouth and taken into custody by Troopers from the Plymouth County SPDU.

Additionally, several hundred blue pills, presumed to be oxycodone and weighing 145 grams, were found in his vehicle.

Investigators seized 6 pounds of counterfeit Adderall and 27 pounds of counterfeit Xanax, both of which tested positive for fentanyl and methamphetamine, respectively.

Following his arrest, Billings was processed at the Norwell Barracks and charged with trafficking fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as the unlawful manufacture of a Class B drug.

He was arraigned at Plymouth District Court.

The operation was supported by various law enforcement agencies, including the MSP Narcotics Section, Plymouth SPDU, detectives from the Plymouth and Whitman Police Departments, the W.E.B.

Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and United State Postal Service inspectors.

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